Our friend Cindy came to visit us with her 17 month old daughter Scout, and she had the cutest travel crayon kit. It comes from Non-Perishable Goods in Portland (using reclaimed denim), and has 8 Stockmar color blocks inside. It isn’t cheap at $38, but consider the sanity saving–you can always have it in your purse–it’s that little–and it really is such a perfect distractor. Even when Scout wasn’t interested in coloring anything, she was happy to have the blocks in her hand and mouth. I wish they had this around when our daughter was little!